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    Harry Ellis

    Dawlish, United Kingdom | 17 May 2017

     

    I joined SSAFA Devon as a caseworker when I was between jobs in 1991. I had always been involved in voluntary work and was looking for a fresh challenge in the voluntary sphere. I have no military connection, apart from a father who was an RPO in The Royal Navy in WW11 and my own time with The Air Training Corps as a teenager. Three months after I joined SSAFA my divisional secretary (Div Sec) had a stroke and I was invited to replace her. In 1993 I moved to Outer London and became Assistant Div Sec in Loughton, Essex. I then became Div Sec for the London Borough of Hillingdon and Training Officer Organiser for London North West. In 2008 I retired back to Devon and became Div Sec for Torbay. I took a step back in 2011, but still do War Pensions cases, friendship visits and occasional fundraising.

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    Harry Ellis

    Dawlish, United Kingdom | 17 May 2017

     

    Continued... I remember one case of a WW11 veteran, Burma Star holder, who was a Sergeant in The Royal Corps of Transport. At the end of WW11 he was told to go to a village hospital on Thai/Burmese border and check out military vehicles abandoned there. Any which were repairable were to be given to the hospital after repair. On his way to get spares, he swerved to avoid a young girl who ran out from behind a bus and his truck overturned. He was patched up and returned to his base in Bangkok but found he had lost the sight in his right eye. When he returned to the UK he resumed his pre war position as a black cab mechanic in Fulham, telling no one about his sight loss, apart from his wife. In 1999 he was registered blind when he lost the sight in his left eye. During my initial interview he told me about his war service when I asked him if he was getting a war pension he said no, so I offered to complete a War Pension Application for him. This was initially rejected, so I assisted him in presenting his appeal at the War Pensions Tribunal. In 2003 he was granted an 80% war pension and £15,000 backdated to the original application. I was later invited to his 90th birthday celebrations by his family, which I was pleased an honoured to do and also attended his funeral in 2006. Although I had extensive experience in courts and tribunal from my police days the SSAFA War Pension cases and appeals have broadened my experience.

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